Saturday, July 23, 2016

Love Your Next Stamp

I won some goodies from Your Next Stamp and am so happy to share what I picked out. If you love these stamps, stop by and comment on the blog when they're doing a giveaway, maybe you'll be the next winner! They have a sketch and color challenge up right now, here, and I'm thinking I need to enter it, love the colors!


I picked out this cool stamp set, and you'll know why if you're my family...I am constantly late with birthday cards! I like to think I'm extending the birthday celebration by being late :)


I also got these cute items, that I can't wait to use! The notebook die and Tea-rific stamp set.



Thanks so much, YNS! And if you wanna see the incomparable Jennifer McGuire use their stamps, check out this post!

Happy Weekend!
Chark



Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Using Project Life Cards

I seem to be a collector of the Project Life cards aka pocket scrapbooking cards. They are meant to slide into page protectors that are divided for pocket scrapbooking, but I don't actually use them for that. I use them in regular layouts and for cardmaking. I love how perfectly sized they are for cards.

Here I'm using the Ella and Friends stamps and some of my birthday related pocket cards.





I think the first is my favorite, but they all came together quickly because of the pocket cards and the fact that I'd already colored the stamped panels. I need to add a little something--sequins, enamel dots, ribbon?--to the last two cards and maybe sentiments. Not sure yet, but they are almost finished, so here they are!

And a final one that uses a hip, hip hooray card and a Tim Holtz Crazy Bird stamp.


I'm not sure, but this bird might be feeling sarcastic.

Hope you have a crafty day today! Happy Wednesday!
Chark






Monday, July 18, 2016

Mama Elephant Cutie Stamps

I bought my first Mama Elephant stamps and they are so stinkin' cute. I've got the Ella and Friends set to highlight today. I was busy this weekend!

Here it is in regular black stamping.


Here it is in colored stamping.


 And here it is in no line stamping.




Any way you slice it, it's a great stamp set and adorable!

Happy Monday!
Chark

Friday, July 15, 2016

Mac and Cheese Day

How on earth did I miss Macaroni and Cheese Day yesterday? And more importantly, how did I miss the free mac and cheese with an order at Noodles and Co? Leave it to my daughter to tell me too late that she got free mac and cheese at Noodles just because! If she hadn't told me, I'd have lived on in ignorant bliss. 

Ah well, you can't always get free macaroni...but you can make your own. Now, I've not made real homemade macaroni and cheese for a long time, but the next time I do, it'll be this recipe from the Pioneer Woman. It looks sooo yummy!


You can add broccoli or steamed zucchini if you're trying to be healthy, but going straight up pasta is probably my favorite.

Speaking of pasta, my mom is a wonderful cook and one of my faves of hers is her noodles with turkey broth, usually made for holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas. I could fill my plate with 90% noodles, 5% turkey and 5% mashed potatoes and then go back for more noodles. In fact, I have! When other people are getting dessert, I'm getting more noodles. And so now my husband calls it noodle dessert. He's clever that way, lol.

The secret is absolutely the handmade pasta, which I've done only twice in my life, it's such a process! I find that Amish brand noodles are very close to mom's and will do for me, but if I'm looking for perfection, it's gotta be homemade! Here's a recipe if you're feeling brave. 


After drying them, drop them into boiling turkey broth and cook until the noodle is soft. You don't want soup, so add enough noodles to soak up the broth. It's tricky to do though!

And because my mom's parents both came from Hungary, she also makes fab Cabbage and Noodles, which I actually make a lot. I'm the only one who eats it here at the house, but that's okay with me! An entire head of cabbage is usually like 50 cents, so it's quite economical.

I'd be remiss not to mention mom's Chicken and Dumplings too, as my cousins have actually come to the house to learn how to make them, they are a family tradition and delish! My German/Italian husband loves these too and they're also called Chicken Paprikash. Cuz you gotta add the paprika, if you're going to be Hungarian!


My favorite part of dumpling making when I was a kid was making the dough fall into the water from the bowl (use a spoon and make them smaller than these pictured here if you want to please my mom) and then just moments later, seeing them rise to the top, already cooked. Instant gratification. Then add them to the chicken and eat up!

Okay, so now I'm all hungry for pasta...going to go raid the cupboards and see what I've got. I know I don't have a cabbage, so that recipe's out.  

Here's a pic of my cutie mom when she was a teenager. I think it's taken at Buckeye Lake here in Ohio.


Happy Friday!
Chark


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Mermaid Love in Ombre

To enter A Day for Daisies' new 2-color challenge, I used my fave colors, green and blue, to color up this adorable mermaid. I fussy cut her and then mounted it on cardstock that I stamped with my favorite water drop stamp by Designs by Ryn in different colors.




I printed this digi as a 4x6 image, used my blues and greens from my box of Prismacolors, added scales with a black pencil and then marker and added white highlights with a gel pen. After that, I used Diamond Stickles for her whole tail, though you can only really see it the end of her tail. Then I put some sequins in some of the water drops and I decided to stop decorating. 



I love the classy, free-flowing drawings at ADFD, and the fact that you get a free digi for the challenge if you don't own any of their stamps. But once you start browsing their store, I'll bet you find something you gotta have. I know I always do!

Happy Thursday!
Chark


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Dream Is A Wish

One of my very favorite Disney movies is Cinderella, the original cartoon version, and I have a couple of the books. One I got so I could use for crafting purposes. I trimmed a piece from a page and added some layers of paper, paint and a little Prima wooden doll and added it all to a piece of scrap of 2 x 4 wood with Mod Podge. It's meant to be for display in my artsy area.



I used my new Bubblegum, Fresh Lime and London Blue Dylusion Paints...they are so bright and pigmented and I used some white acrylic paint and black marker as well, to write the text and add hearts and dots.



I had the Little Long Playing Record of Cinderella (and Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel) when I was little and I loved them. It was like having someone who could read to you tirelessly and whenever you wanted by playing the record. And you could turn the page of the included book when "Tinkerbell rings her little bell like this." 





Ok, enough reminiscing for now. Gotta turn off the computer since it's lightning out.

Happy Wednesdsay!
Chark